MPs line up for charity cricket match in Wellingborough

Peter Bone and Tom Pursglove have organised the charity cricket match
Peter Bone and Tom Pursglove have organised the charity cricket match

A group of MPs are having a break from politics to take to the crease for a charity cricket match in Wellingborough.

MP for Wellingborough and Rushden Peter Bone will be hoping to lead his team to victory as the Lords & Commons Cricket Club takes on the Wellingborough Old Grammarians on Sunday (September 6).

I do hope as many local people as possible will be able to come along

Peter Bone MP

Mr Bone will be joined by Tom Pursglove, MP for Corby and East Northamptonshire, as vice captain.

Other MPs on the team sheet include Alistair Burt, MP for North East Bedfordshire and Minister of State for Care and Support, John Hayes, MP for South Holland and the Deepings and Minister of State for Security, and Amanda Solloway, MP for Derby North.

The match is in support of Crazy Hats, the Wellingborough-based charity which raises money to help improve breast cancer care at Kettering and Northampton general hospitals.

Mr Bone said: “I am delighted that the Lords & Commons Cricket Club, one of the oldest cricket clubs in the land, will be playing their first ever match in Northamptonshire, in aid of the fantastic Crazy Hats charity.

“Admission to the ground will be free, but there will be a collection and a raffle.

“I do hope as many local people as possible will be able to come along.”

Mr Pursglove said: “Prior to my election, I had the great honour of taking Glennis Hooper, the remarkable founder of the Crazy Hats charity, to 10 Downing Street to meet the Prime Minister.

“Crazy Hats is a phenomenal charity which does so much to support those suffering from breast cancer and their families – I am delighted that, with the help of the Wellingborough Old Grammarians, we are able to put this groundbreaking charitable game on.”

The game is set to start at 1pm at the Wellingborough Old Grammarians Sportsfield, Sywell Road, Wellingborough.

Glennis Hooper, founder of the charity which has raised more than £2 million in 14 years, has been asked to bowl the first ball.

The Lords & Commons Team are planning to wear Crazy Hats in the field.

For more information about Crazy Hats and its work go to www.crazyhatsbreastcancerappeal.co.uk.